Definition of impotence
: the quality or state of being impotent: such asa : lack of power, strength, or vigor : weakness … the growing impotence of governments in the face of corporate willfulness and regional factionalism. — Alan Wexelblatb : an abnormal physical or psychological state of a male characterized by inability to engage in sexual intercourse because of failure to have or maintain an erection : erectile dysfunction
Examples of impotence in a Sentence
the congressional committee's essential impotence in affecting the management of the war was frustrating to its members
Recent Examples of impotence from the Web
Treatments — surgery, radiation or hormone therapy — can cause impotence, incontinence, infections and other problems, and sometimes do more harm than the disease ever would.
Pundits of the composer’s era seesawed between seriously believing that coffee could stir male sexuality or cause impotence.
Also, most of us have felt the horrible sensation of impotence in front of somebody who is very powerful and very entitled and who is completely unconscious about anything or anyone that doesn’t serve their interests.
On the left, Clinton's defeat in the general election -- after being hand-delivered, as many still believe, the nomination by the DNC -- is held up as evidence of the liberal establishment's corruption and impotence.
Erbeck’s sense of impotence grew as the trial progressed.
In an age of heightened awareness, such impotence tends to be magnified.
For the Panther 21, being found not guilty seems to have brought a more damning verdict of triviality, of impotence.
The resurgence in demand for tiger bone wine in particular, which is believed to cure rheumatism and impotence, has helped drive the success of these farms.
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First Known Use of impotence
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Definition of impotence for Students
: the quality or state of lacking power or strength
Medical Definition of impotence
1: the quality or state of not being potent drug-resistant bacteria are a virulent indicator of the growing impotence of antibiotics
2: an abnormal physical or psychological state of a male characterized by inability to engage in sexual intercourse because of failure to have or maintain an erection—called also erectile dysfunction
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